Wednesday, 1 December 2010

How do you identify what a word means?

Seen on del.icio.us

Identifying the sense of a word

Artificial Intelligence has been described as "Trying to get a computer to do anything that it's easier for a human to do." Trying to disambiguate the various possible senses of a word is a classic example of this - having heard a lecture from somebody who works in this field, I know that it's very difficult to create an algorithm that improves on the naive approach of just picking the most common meaning every time. 92% accuracy looks pretty impressive.